BYD electric trash trucks going to work on the East Coast

Updated Aug 12, 2020

BYD announced this week that its electric refuse trucks will be going to work in Jersey City, N.J.

New Jersey-based Hudson County Motors and BYD will provide five all-electric, rear-loader collection trucks to the city. The trucks will go to work on normal daily collection routes previously handled by diesel-fueled trucks. The truck won’t be too far from Mack’s electric LR refuse truck which went to work at New York City’s Department of Sanitation last year.

“Jersey City will be a model for what is now possible with zero-emission refuse trucks,” said John Gerra, senior director of business development at BYD Motors. “We look forward to helping provide clean streets and clean air for the residents of Jersey City.”

According to BYD, the BYD 8R is the world’s first commercially available all-electric class 8 refuse chassis that can successfully complete an entire route. The BYD 8R is designed, tested and built by BYD as an integrated system which the company claims allows the truck to achieve the highest levels of performance, endurance and reliability.

“BYD software optimizes power and torque for superior performance in refuse collection operations,” the company reports. “Combined with BYD’s advanced battery chemistry, the BYD 8R holds enough energy to complete an entire route with true zero-emissions.”

The project is supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Sanitation Equipment Corp. of Totowa, N.J.